Saturday 21 June 2014

Ypres: Tour de France Stage 5

It's not just Yorkshire preparing to host the Tour de France in July. To mark the centenary of the First World War, Stage 5 of the Tour is starting in the Belgium town of Ypres, where 54,000 Commonwealth soldiers died. Emily and I went to Brussels a few of weeks ago to visit my sister-in-law Swizz and we went to Ypres for the day. I had to get my recorder out!

Here's my story on BBC Radio Sheffield:

Thursday 12 June 2014

Cycling Tour de France Stage 2

It's fewer than 4 weeks to go until the greatest cycle race in the world comes to South Yorkshire. To find out what it'll be like for the 198 Tour de France riders, I cycled Stage 2 of the race from York to Sheffield at the weekend. The 125 miles took me two full days of cycling with a night in Hebden Bridge. 

Six of us started the ride in York but after countless long, steep, climbs and descents, I was cycling alone. Our good friend Phil fell off his bike coming down a hill after Cragg Vale. We wish him a speedy recovery. I completed the ride at the finish line outside Sheffield Arena at 23:15 on Sunday. It's amazing that the pro riders will do the stage in fewer than 6 hours on Sunday 6th July!

Here's my interview on BBC Radio Sheffield: